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Peter Gabriel Gave David Bowie This Amazing Facebook Tribute

"'Heroes,' for me, was always one of the great Bowie tracks,” Gabriel wrote.

Peter Gabriel performing at the 2011 Skoll Awards.
Photo Credit: By Skoll World Forum (Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Ceremony) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Former Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel offered a short, simple tribute to the late David Bowie on his Facebook page on Monday, sharing his cover of Bowie’s classic single “Heroes.”

“Heroes, for me, was always one of the great Bowie tracks,” Gabriel wrote. “It is heroism in the face of oppression and desperation; it’s something triumphant despite the desperate situation.”

Gabriel’s version of the song, originally recorded in November 2014 eschews the original’s guitar-driven melody for an orchestral approach, and has become part of his live performances, including his appearance at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall that same month.

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Gabriel’s post can be seen below.

“Heroes, for me, was always one of the great Bowie tracks. It is heroism in the face of oppression and desperation; it’s something triumphant despite the desperate situation" – pghttps://youtu.be/LsvuipGq2ns

Posted by Peter Gabriel on Monday, January 11, 2016

Gabriel’s cover of “Heroes,” as posted online, can be seen here.

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